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Canadian sailor travelling from Hawaii to Victoria reported missing

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a Canadian sailor on route to Victoria from Hawaii after he failed to arrive.

Paul Lim was reported overdue by his family after failing to arrive in Victoria last week

Paul Lim of Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, reportedly left Hilo, Hawaii, Aug. 1 bound for Victoria aboard his 35-foot sailboat, Watercolour. (U.S. Coast Guard)

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a Canadian sailor en route to Victoria from Hawaii after he failed to arrive.

Paul Lim, from Salt Spring Island, was last seen by a fellow mariner leaving Hilo, Hawaii on Aug 1 aboard his 35-foot sailboat, "Watercolour."

The U.S. Coast Guard says Lim was supposed to arrive in Victoria by Sept 10 or 11. Lim's family reported him missing two weeks after he failed to show up.

The sailing vessel Watercolour is a 35-foot white hull Spencer sailboat with white sails and a blue canvas dodger. (U.S. Coast Guard)

A fishing vessel reported sighting Lim's sailboat in early August about 40 kilometres north of Hawaii. 

Crews at the Rescue Coordination Centre in Alameda, California began broadcasting a signal to mariners along Lim's possible route Wednesday, asking them to be on the lookout for his boat.

A U.S. Coast Guard C-130 from Air Station Barbers Point in Honolulu also conducted an air search between Hilo and Victoria Thursday with no sign of Lim.

The Watercolour is a 35-foot white-hull Spencer sailboat with white sails and a blue-canvas dodger. Lim was also towing a nine-foot pink dingy behind his boat.

Anyone with information on Lim's whereabouts is asked to call the U.S. Coast Guard at 510-437-3701.

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